The US is staying in “fixed contact” with Individuals left behind throughout President Biden’s frantic evacuation from Afghanistan who nonetheless want to depart, Secretary of State Antony Blinken mentioned Friday, providing no timeline for liberating them from Taliban rule.
On Tuesday, the US accomplished pulling all troops from the 20-year struggle, and ended their preliminary evacuation efforts for all Individuals and Afghan allies within the nation.
US troops helped evacuate greater than 116,000 individuals from Kabul, because the Taliban took over the nation, together with 6,000 Individuals. Nevertheless, no less than 100 Individuals stay within the nation, and a transparent plan or timeline for serving to them depart has not been publicly launched.
With out specifying a precise quantity, Blinken informed reporters Friday that the US is in fixed contact with these Individuals who “should still want to depart,” and case administration groups have been assigned to every remaining American citizen. The secretary of state was not pushed to specify what number of Individuals are left.
Blinken defined that almost all Individuals remaining within the nation are twin nationals residing with their households, making it a “wrenching choice” on whether or not to depart or not.
Along with Americans remaining, the US has but to supply a precise variety of Afghan allies who acquired or utilized for so-called Particular Immigrant Visas who additionally stay within the embattled nation. These are anticipated to quantity within the 1000’s.
Whereas the deadline for US troops to depart ended Aug. 31, Blinken emphasised that there’s “no deadline” for evacuating the remaining Individuals.
“As they want to depart, we’re going to be sure we do every little thing we will to assist them do precisely that,” he mentioned.
Blinken declined to share extra particulars on the Individuals left, or the steerage they’re receiving, with the intention to defend them and defend the techniques the US could plan to make use of.
Over the previous few days, the Biden administration has persistently used imprecise language round what number of Individuals stay caught in Afghanistan.
Instantly following the withdrawal, the Pentagon mentioned a number of hundred Individuals remained. In the meantime on Wednesday, State Division spokesman Ned Value informed reporters the variety of US passport holders caught in Taliban-controlled territory is “seemingly nearer to 100, maybe significantly nearer to 100.”
White Home Press Secretary Jen Psaki reiterated that quantity on Thursday, affirming the State Division is “working in shut coordination with them to find out how they will depart the nation [or] in the event that they’ve left the nation.”
Whereas Psaki mentioned the US doesn’t have “personnel on the bottom, nor do now we have air belongings within the nation,” Blinken revealed the US is contemplating utilizing floor routes to different nations as an alternative of flights when getting individuals out of Afghanistan.